One of the key differences with other forms of yoga is that Iyengar yoga uses supports called ‘props’, like straps, blocks, cushions and blankets.
Props help make Iyengar accessible to all, so everyone can perform asanas correctly and safely – including beginners, and those with physical limitations or different ability or fitness levels.
Iyengar is a disciplined and systematic approach to yoga, with a diverse programme of asanas (you won’t repeat the same sequences every day). This variety in your practice helps prevent injury and overuse.
You will progress at a pace that suits you, and as your practice develops, teachers will start to introduce pranayama – breath control.
What can you expect at our yoga classes?
- A safe, methodical progression of yoga postures
- Technique – precision, alignment and awareness in performing the yoga postures
- Sequencing to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and relaxation
- Clear demonstration and explanation by well-qualified teachers
- Individual correction and adjustment by the teacher when necessary.
Attention to detail, with active help
Classes are challenging but the Iyengar method is a therapeutic approach that supports holistic health.
Compared to other forms of yoga you may have experienced, Iyengar yoga is notable for its emphasis on precise body alignment and the sequences in which asanas are practised. You hold postures for longer so that your muscles relax and lengthen, while your awareness is raised.
Rather than being left to simply ‘copy’ the teacher as best you can, in an Iyengar yoga class your teacher will actively help by explaining and correcting any misalignments.